Abbas to Meet With Putin Over Russia's Role on Palestinian Diplomatic Front

Abbas slated to talk with Putin today ahead of Jordanian King Abdullah's visit to Russia later this week

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Paris, France, December 22, 2017.
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will be visiting Moscow on Monday where he will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a bid to secure his support.

Abbas demands Moscow take a more active role on the Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic front, and U.S.-Palestinian relations.

On Sunday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said preparations were under way for King Abdullah of Jordan to visit Russia, Russian news agencies reported. 

In January, Abdullah II affirmed his support for establishing a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem, highlighting his differences with the Trump administration on a central issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Peskov was commenting on an announcement by Jordan, which said the monarch would visit Russia on Thursday and hold talks with President Vladimir Putin about the situation in Syria.